OIG has been sharing its investigation findings with the Global Fund’s Local Fund Agents during training sessions in Geneva. The LFAs, who evaluate and monitor Global Fund grant activities in-country, were briefed on the evolving forms of wrongdoing which programs are exposed to.
“As the eyes and ears of the Global Fund, LFAs are a key partner for the OIG,” said Investigations Manager Chris Marshall. “That’s why we invested time in presenting our investigation findings and case studies, highlighting recent trends.”
* Local procurements and travel-related costs are particularly prone to fraud and certain health commodities, such as antimalarial medicines and bed nets, are more prone to theft.
* Data is at risk of being manipulated and fraudulently reported. A red flag is finding irregularities in the financial expenditure associated with generating the data.
* New technologies such as ‘mobile money’ can reduce risks associated with the use of cash, but may be prone to fraud if not properly implemented.
“Many OIG investigations start from a finding reported by a Local Fund Agent,” said Head of Investigations Katie Hodson. “To ensure our medicines, health products and services get to the people who need them, it is critical for us to hear whenever an LFA identifies a red flag for fraud.”